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You bastard

You bastard

Short and swift post from me today as I’ve been on a mother fucking plane fool. Again.

Got majorly excited about the England game yesterday, then found myself majorly disappointed as usual.

Ultimately, I felt we played with an inferiority complex. Like we knew what Italy would do to us. They were smarter, they had more composure and they had a better plan. Sure we created some nice chances, but there didn’t really feel like any cohesion with England.

I wrote a piece for Metro stating that’s a managerial problem and the response was pretty embarrassing.

‘The lads did their best’
‘Hodgson doesn’t have the players’

I’d disagree with both those points. Firstly, Hodgson definitely has the players to NOT lose 2-1 to a very average and old Italian side. The girl I was with, who is not a football fan commented on Pirlo…

‘That guy looks like he could be a grandfather’

Pertinent observation, yet he still ran the show. With the energy we have in that side, how can we not have a plan in place to take down a very lethargic side? How can we not be dictating the pace?

Whether you like it or not, Rooney, Sturridge, Sterling and Gerrard are all good players. That system yesterday didn’t extract the best from them.

Really disappointing. As for the Roy Hodgson defence, well, he’s an average coach. Plain and simple. Why we try and defend mediocrity in this country is beyond me. He’s old school and he’s hardly dynamic. He looks like real granddad, even the way he presents himself. How is that inspiring anyone to go into battle… especially young people. And come on, I’m not being agist here… it’s just the reality of elite sport. If you don’t have presence, you’re really going to struggle to get a reaction.

On the plus side, after saying we need to be expanding our South American scouting missions beyond Joel Campbell, he popped up with a superb performance for Costa Rica. He was all over the park, dropping deep, hanging off the last man, sniffing out options in the box, rocketing 98mph shots from 35 yards. He really looks a player… and it was against top opposition as well.

Makes you fear for the future of Sanogo if Wenger plans on bringing Campbell back. People have told me he’s not eligible for a work permit, yet he’s been a regular starter for Costa Rica for years? Not quite getting that. Not quite getting our absurd work permit rules. We’re game for opening up the borders to Albania, but we’re not game to opening up our borders to people who earn disgusting amounts of money that 1) Put tax back in the system 2) the money that isn’t taxed is usually spunked on audacious purchases that put money into the economy.

GET HIM IN SO HE WILL SPEND AND SCORE

In other news, I’ve been catching up on the FIFA scandal that’s unfolding in the Sunday Times. It’s just incredible to read. I mean, I’m reading it and the scandal is so brazen it’s almost unbelievable.

It’s like everyone in FIFA is on the take. Hamman’s tour of the world to make Qatar the global leader of football is laughable in how open he was to greasing peoples palms. Basically, he toured Asia, Carribean and Africa with bags of money and promises. When I say bags of money, in some cases, he literally turned up with envelopes wedged with $40k worth of cash.

He eventually got caught when an American grassed him up. But there are loads of cases where he’s transferred cash to personal accounts of EXCO people. Amazing. I hope Interpol’s threat to go after them is a real one. If you take a bribe in most countries, it’s illegal. At the very least, taxable. These guys need to be taken down. FIFA can’t survive in its current format. It’s just a shame they’re so decentralised, it almost works for them because no one can protest against them.

It was also a shame to read that Beckenbauer had a ban from football activity because he refused to answer question in an investigation. You’d like to think that exlegends are beyond such behaviour, but as we saw with the Uli Hoeness, they’re just as susceptible.

For me, Qatar should lose the event. Plain and simple. The country has no infrastructure, they’re using slave labour to build the event and FIFA ignored their security chiefs warning that it was a massive safety risk from a terrorism perspective. Not to mention the huge corruption that went into the vote…

… apparently Qatar also headhunted the guy investigating the corruption.

Serioulsy, download the Sunday Times today. It’s a brilliant report. World class investigative journalism.

Right, have a super marvellous Sunday and I’ll see you tomorrow for your morning… you know what I mean.

GOOD DAY!

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  1. Arsene's Nurse

    lol – typical to have an issue that really tests the goal line technology.

    Keeper fucked it up.

  2. Marc

    Why is there a debate. The goal line tech worked perfectly, it showed that Benzema’s original shot did not cross the line but after rebounding off he post it then took a deflection off the keeper and was a goal.

  3. london gunner

    Amazing not saying it wasn’t a goal but it really don’t look it!

    Looked like there was still a sliver of the ball on the line when the keepers hand was on it

  4. salparadisenyc

    Great finish… should be Benzema’s goal.
    Keeper knew nothing about that as it bounced of the woodwork then him.

  5. Al

    I don’t know it doesn’t look like the keeper took it over for me…part of the ball still looked on the line

  6. london gunner

    Sal

    Own goals don’t work like that! It only crossed the line because of the keepers contact of the keeper wasn’t involved the ball wasn’t crossing the line

  7. london gunner

    A1

    I agree.

    AS for the Nasri thing I can guarantee I have more City fans (i lived their for 3 years recently) They all think he was quality this season! And really contributed to them winning. PS I also watched every single City game 🙂

  8. NYCgooner

    I’ve only seen Greizmann play a few times so I’ve been hesitant to give an opinion but after what he’s showing today he definitely could play for Arsenal

  9. london gunner

    A1

    I agree.

    AS for the Nasri thing I can guarantee I have more City fans who are friends (i lived their for 3 years recently) They all think he was quality this season! And really contributed to them winning. PS I also watched every single City game 🙂

  10. Al

    The view from the camera above the goal looked like the ball didn’t go over. …little suspicious about them not replaying that angle

  11. Thomas

    DissenterJune 15, 2014 20:06:15
    Goal line technology isn’t perfect, it’s not 100% yet.

    _______________

    ??? The goal line technology worked perfectly there.

  12. Gunnershabz

    If we can sign griezmann and bed Joel Campbell and bring in balotelli we could be a force next season

    If wenger can pull off pogba that would be a dream

    Gruesome we can do a deal with vela ownership plus £10m

    Balotelli we can get for £28m

    Pogba maybe would cost around £40m

    Serge aurier around £10m

    We can easily do this

  13. Dannyboy

    That goal-line technology hey?

    Certainly didn’t look a goal from the replays but if the tech is right then fine. Problem is how do we know it’s actually 100%?

  14. london gunner

    I also thought it was strange that on the goal line (hawk eye) screen it showed the ball go over the line by quite a few inches… maybe even a foot.

    When on replay it didn’t look over so if it did go over it could of only been an inch or maybe even less.

    What I am saying is the goal line technology screen didn’t seem to match what actually happened

  15. Al

    @london

    Not saying nasri is rubbish, he is a good player. ..just not that great for me..who is never the main man…or the guy to drag the team to a win when everyone is struggling. If he had a little bit more hunger and stronger mentally he would be one of the best around but he doesnt

    Anyway it’s all about opinions and different taste

  16. Marc

    Gunnershabz

    I’d love to know if the rumours about Puma being willing to assist with signing Balotelli are true. If they are is signal’s that our new commercial partners really want to make a go of this.

  17. Al

    My problem with nasri is he takes way to many touches and slows the game down. ..look at France and how they are moving the ball. They are better without him and ribery IMO

  18. Gunnershabz

    Mario balotelli and griezmann are with puma

    So we have a chance with puma want to make our brand bigger

  19. Thomas

    salparadisenyc

    It doesn’t work like that. Since the ball was on its way out before the keeper touched it it’s an own goal.

  20. london gunner

    A1

    I actually think his a great counter balance part of the reason he takes more touches is his a playmaking winger! Its kind of the job his been assigned!

    But I have seen him play very well on the counter as well His very versatile

    Also he scored the title winning goal for City So can’t say his goals are not important

  21. Gunnershabz

    What can puma contribute with mario balotelli he is heavily sponsored and maybe make him their star man with a bigger contract and puma want arsenal to be their top puma brand around the world

  22. salparadisenyc

    Wenger “the sound system didn’t work maybe the goal-line technology didn’t work either”

  23. Dissenter

    I’ll reserve my judgment of Les Bleus until they met a good team.
    Good win though, enough to banish the nightmare of 2010 and get the French dreaming again.

  24. Marc

    When Madrid sign Saurez they are going to have to sell to raise some money. Did anyone think that Ozil would be sold last summer?

  25. Radio Raheem

    Was it Wenget that said if France can’t beat Honduras they should go home? If Benzenma can’t score against 10 men Honduras..? Good goal Benzema though.

    I think goals at international level should be graded like goals scored in leagues in Europe. Currently, goals scored in Europe’s top 5 leagues are worth more than in weaker ones. Sturridge’s goal yesterday should be worth 3 against Honduras.

    Friendlies don’t count

  26. Marc

    Midwest

    Haven’t you read any of the comments here? Giroud couldn’t score in a brothel your bet is safe, well at least according to some of those on here!

  27. Al

    @wengereagle

    We are talking about nasri not benzema

    @london

    Yea I know what nasri is about…Once again not saying he is rubbish just not that great.

  28. Dissenter

    The Honduras team are really an eyesore. They are like flies in a classy restaurant.
    They shouldn’t be on this stage.
    Lots of unnecessary tackles.

  29. Radio Raheem

    Honduras are a throwback. Their violent tackling is the kind of shit Maradona has to face every time he took to the pitch.

  30. salparadisenyc

    Wenger “it’s not a hattrick, it’s a 2 & half, it’s a shame the 2nd goal is not awarded to Benzema”

  31. NYCgooner

    A1
    Honduras is the most dirty team in concacaf. Their MO is to intimidate the opponent with their physicality.

  32. salparadisenyc

    Midwest

    Killing it!
    Really no excuses when the Arsenal rock up in late July.
    You’ve got a place to sleep n y c.

  33. MidwestGun

    Eagle –
    Im gonna check at the end of the whole thing for net winnings. Ive won 5 out of 9. But im betting around 2 or 3 scorelines. About $60 a match.. So I think I’m up around $400 maybe more.
    Don’t want to jinx it by checking balance tho. Lol.

  34. Al

    @nycgooner and Midwest

    Luckily we don’t have any American arsenal players. ..They would come back broke all the time.

    Is it just their natural game or an anti USA thing though?

  35. MidwestGun

    Pretty excited to see Argentina in action tonight. I have them as the winners of the whole thing. Need Aguero to score a few as my golden boot candidate.

  36. WengerEagle

    ‘Pretty excited to see Argentina in action tonight. I have them as the winners of the whole thing. Need Aguero to score a few as my golden boot candidate.’

    Exactly the same as myself except I have Higuain instead of Aguero as top scorer.

    With the way you’re predicting things lately we both could be seeing a lot of money 😉

  37. rollen

    DissenterJune 15, 2014 20:06:15
    Goal line technology isn’t perfect, it’s not 100% yet.

    hmm BBC pundits seem to struggle to understand this too.

    IMO cant be simpler and worked perfectly – 100% sure own goal!

  38. WengerEagle

    ‘Ive won 5 out of 9. But im betting around 2 or 3 scorelines. About $60 a match.. So I think I’m up around $400 maybe more.’

    Fucking hell, fair play mate.

    Scoreline for this match?

    I’m going 4-1 Argentina with braces from Messi and Higuain and a Dzeko consolation for Bosnia.

  39. MidwestGun

    Al –
    I think it’s their natural game. Poor countries, kids grow up playing street ball. You have to be tough. Not as many organized leagues with referees and good coaching. It really develops your physicality and keep ball skills. Or you don’t get to play. Clint Dempsey grew up playing in some of these poorer
    Mexican street leagues along the border and I’ve heard him talk about it.
    I’m sure there is some anti-American or moreso richer country sentiment, too.

  40. salparadisenyc

    Fifa ruling.. “shots that are goal bound and bounce of goal post then keeper or defender to cross the line are to be credited to the striker of the ball, not considered OGs”

    Lad should be on a hat trick.

  41. NYCgooner

    Mid,

    “Poor countries, kids grow up playing street ball. You have to be tough. Not as many organized leagues with referees and good coaching. It really develops your physicality and keep ball skills. Or you don’t get to play.”

    Spot on. Its ashamed because there are many talented kids in these countries but the coaching and organizing just isn’t there to get the best out of them.

  42. karim

    Lol radio
    Argentina 4
    Bosnia 2

    Sal
    It wasn’t goal bound imo
    It hit the post and went straight to the keeper who let it back in
    Anyway, great for his confidence

  43. Vintage Gun

    @Midwest

    Well done son! Your predictions are almost as good at this World Cup.

    By the end of it you should have enough to buy us Ballotelli…

  44. MidwestGun

    Vintage –
    Hahaha. Well I do have the same sponsor as Balotelli. So maybe between my betting money and Puma we can convince AW that Balotelli is a free transfer!
    #Balosdeep

  45. Vintage Gun

    @ Midwest

    As long as you dont give your share directly to Wenger as it will only end up under his mattress gathering dust.

  46. Dannyboy

    arghhh gotta miss the Argies game cos our new CFO starts today so better get to work on time for a change!! 😀

    The joys of the record button though – looking forward to getting home to witness some Messi Magic! Hopefully he puts himself in contention for the Golden Boot and then the Germans turn on the style tomorrow and I’ll be in the $$$$$$$$$$$

  47. MidwestGun

    Eagle –
    Ya, that’s what I was worried about. Why I went with Aguero. But he might get some late goals. And get starts later on in the group to rest Aguero, who might get injured.

  48. Dissenter

    We are due for another upset.
    This Bosnian side is very cohesive and very hard to breakdown.
    They also have a genuine goal scorer.

  49. BellerinisGood

    Midwest and Karim really know how to bet, but I’m afraid they are both wrong on Argentina.

    It’ll be a 2-0 Argentina win. The new king has spoken.

  50. Dissenter

    I forgot to add Bosnia has an excellent goal keeper in Bergovic.

    Is that Maxi Rodriguez, Argentina are not as loaded as people think, outside of the front 6

  51. karim

    Mid
    Put some money on Spahic being sent off
    Trust me, he s a cyco !
    Got 12 games when he was playing for Montpellier and just loves elbowing his direct opponent

  52. Dissenter

    Maschereno has to be one of the dirtiest cunts in football.
    He has dozens of dirty tricks up his sleeves all the time.
    He’s a bundle of talent and the dark arts.